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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on February 10, 2014

2014/02/10

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on February 10, 2014.

Hua Chunying started the press conference with the following announcement:

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit China from February 14 to 15. The two sides will exchange views on China-US relations and other issues of common interest.

Q: On February 4, the Chiran Peace Museum in Minamikyushu city of Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan submitted applications to UNESCO, calling for letters and suicide notes left behind by Kamikaze pilots to be listed in "Memory of the World Register". What is China's comment?

A: As one of the two sources of WWII, Japan committed many crimes against humanity during the war time. Japan's application for inclusion of Kamikaze's items in UNESCO's "Memory of the World Register" is in essence, an attempt to glorify the Japanese militarism's war of aggression and challenge the outcome of the World Anti-Fascist War and the post-war international order. It runs counter to the UNESCO's purpose of safeguarding world peace and is bound to meet with strong condemnation and firm opposition from the international community.

Q: Naoki Hyakuta, one of the NHK board of governors, reportedly said on February 8 that the International Military Tribunal for the Far East was to hide the "genocide" committed the US Forces during WWII, including air raids on Tokyo and atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A spokesperson at the US Embassy in Japan criticized the remarks as lacking common sense and called on people in positions of responsibility in Japan to avoid comments that inflame tensions in the region. What is China's comment?

A: We have noted relevant reports and the remarks made by the US. What the relevant Japanese has said is no different from the whole string of erroneous statements recently made by the Japanese side on historical issues. The aim is to deny or even glorify the Japanese militarism's past of aggression and challenge the outcome of WWII as well as the post-war international order.

We should remain vigilant against the repetition of history and lessons should be drawn from history. The Japanese right-wing forces are setting back the wheel of history. Where are they leading Japan and what impact will their actions have on regional peace and stability? The international community should stay on high alert and firmly uphold historical justice, the outcome of WWII, the post-war international order and regional peace and stability.

Q: Over the last few weeks, Chinese ambassadors in several countries around the world have written newspaper articles and appeared on local television stations to put across China's position on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine and China-Japan territorial dispute. Is this part of a coordinated response organized by the Chinese side to better explain to the outside world China's position?

A: The Japanese leader has recently adopted a series of erroneous words and deeds on the issue of history. Insightful people from countries such as the ROK and Russia have voiced their strong condemnation and firm opposition against the Japanese leader's perverse actions and wrong statements. We have repeatedly stated that the Japanese leader is doing so to deny and whitewash the Japanese militarism's past of aggression and challenge the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War and the post-war international order. It is totally incompatible with and goes against the global trend of peace and stability. The international community has expressed with one voice its strong opposition. If the Japanese leader refuses to repent but walks further down the wrong path, he is doomed to meet with stronger opposition from more countries. China is ready to work together with people from other countries victimized by war and upholders of justice and peace to resolutely defend historical justice, the victory of WWII, the post-war international order as well as world peace and stability.

Q: The two parties of Syria will hold a second round of negotiation in Geneva today. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent said its convoy came under fire when delivering humanitarian supplies to Homs. UN Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos said that the UN will not stop its emergency humanitarian aid to Homs in the face of attacks against relief workers. What is China's comment on the second round of negotiation on the Syrian issue? Does China believe that the negotiation between conflicting parties of Syria will help improve the humanitarian situation there? How do you assess the UN's role in the humanitarian aid to Syria?

A: The Syrian government and the opposition will hold a second round of negotiation in Geneva today. It shows that both parties are willing to keep the dialogue and negotiation going. China welcomes and supports that. The political settlement is the only correct way out for the Syrian crisis. The Geneva negotiation should be an ongoing process. China calls on the two parties in Syria to hold on to the course of political settlement, push forward the negotiation until practical results are achieved and blaze a "middle way" by meeting each other half way. The international community should also create a favorable external environment for the dialogue and negotiation between the two parties of Syria.

China has noted that agreements have been reached by the two parties on relaxing the humanitarian situation on the ground. It speaks volumes of the positive impact of the dialogue and negotiation. China hopes that the two sides will carry out relevant agreements in real earnest so as to ensure that the humanitarian aid operation will unfold smoothly and take concrete actions to create sound atmosphere for Geneva talks and the process of seeking political settlement of the Syrian issue. China appreciates the efforts made by the UN and other international humanitarian agencies and supports the UN in upholding the basic principles of humanitarian aid and continuing with its leading role in easing the humanitarian situation in Syria. China follows closely the humanitarian situation in Syria and will carry on with its humanitarian assistance to Syria within the radius of its capacity.

Q: The commander of US air forces in the Pacific said that due to rising territorial tensions, China's establishment of the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is deemed provocative and the risk of military miscalculation in the East China Sea is high. How does China respond?

A: I want to make two points. First, China has long been resolutely upholding regional peace and stability and making important contribution to regional prosperity and development. We are ready to properly resolve relevant issues with countries directly-concerned through dialogue and consultation in a bid to jointly maintain regional peace and stability. Second, China has fully expounded on its relevant position time and again. China's establishment of the ADIZ is exercising its legitimate rights as a sovereign state. As is known to all, over 20 countries around the world have set up ADIZs and the US became the first country that had an ADIZ as early as over 60 years ago. Then why can't China? Before making relevant remarks, the official from the relevant country should think about it: What standing do they have to make irresponsible accusations against China's exercise of its justifiable and legitimate rights?! We also hope that relevant party would stop making irresponsible remarks and take concrete actions to safeguard regional peace and stability.

After the press conference, a journalist asked: The ROK-US Combined Forces Command reportedly said on February 10 that the two joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle would be held from February to April, and that the DPRK has been informed of that. What is China's comment?

Hua Chunying: I have noted relevant reports and the recent response by relevant country. We follow the developments. To safeguard peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, which serves the common interests of all relevant parties, is their shared responsibility. We hope that all parties will do more to relax tension on the Peninsula, maintain regional peace and stability and refrain from any action that may heighten the tension.

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